Boys Varsity Basketball suffers loss against Trevor Day School

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Daniyaal Ghani, Contributing Writer

The Boys Varsity Basketball Team launched their season with a close 43-50 loss to Trevor Day School last Wednesday. In preparation for the game, the team practiced and scrimmaged with Beacon School last week.

The crowd was very much alive at the Trevor match, William Chasin (9), who watched the game, said. “They helped by saying chants such as DEFENSE, DEFENSE.”

While the audience’s chants motivated the team to play hard, there were a few mistakes that cost the Lions the game. “The team did some really good stuff offensively and defensively, but a couple defensive breakdowns gave [Trevor] the advantage along with some missed free throws and turnovers,” Head Coach Tony Wright said.

Besides these slip-ups, the team played well for the majority of the game and improved on their defense from last year, Wright said. “Without a couple breakdowns defensively, we really could have won the game.” The team communicated throughout the whole game and there was a lot of noise on the court, he said.

“Our defense was really good — coming out the first half we only allowed 17 points,” Co-Captain Aden Soroca (12) said. Last year, the team struggled with their defensive skills and coordination, so they focused on those skills this time around, Soroca said. “Practices have been a lot of running drills, playing defense, and helping the new kids on the team adjust to the environment.”

Teamwork is the key to improvement, Soroca said. “As we keep on practicing, we will be able to work as a team better, which will then improve our game as a whole.” The team prioritizes “unselfish basketball.” “For example, if you are driving to the rim and three players collapse on you, you should pass the ball out to one of the open shooters.”

Along with the major focus on team effort, there is a lot of individual talent on the team, Jonathan Coleman (11) said. “There is a lot of room on the team for everybody to stand out and shine.”

This year, the team is as competitive as any other team in the league, Wright said. “We have a solid nucleus of kids and I think we have pretty good talent, but the important part is to come together as a team.” Every team in the Ivy Preparatory League is good, so the team as a whole has to play hard at practice and as a team in scrimmages, he said.

Wright was surprised with Beacon’s skill level during the scrimmage, he said. Unlike the Lions, Beacon’s team already had months of practice. However, the school’s team still came together with good ball movement and encouragement to one another. 

“I am excited for practice today and our upcoming games,” Wright said. “As long as we keep on practicing, we can definitely win.”